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KYRGYZ REPUBLIC


CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based on the draft Constitution, dated May 5, 1993.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Kyrgyz Republic does not automatically confer citizenship. The exception is a child of unknown or stateless parents who have been permanently residing in the Kyrgyz Republic and who plan to continue residing in the country.

BY DESCENT: Child of both a Kyrgyz mother and father, regardless of the child's country of birth. Child born in the Kyrgyz Republic at least one of whose parents is a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic. Child born abroad, both of whose parents are Kyrgyz citizens. For a child born abroad, one of whose parents is not a Kyrgyz citizen, the parents choose which nationality the child will possess.

BY NATURALIZATION: Kyrgyz citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following condition: The person's application for citizenship is approved by the national government.


DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Current information is not available; the Kyrgyz Republic may adopt dual citizenship agreements with former Soviet Republics.


LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:

VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Kyrgyz citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Kyrgyz citizenship: Person acquires foreign citizenship.


ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the Embassy. Citizenship questions concerning Russian or former Soviet nationals living in the Republic should similarly be directed to the Kyrgyz Embassy.

Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic Consular Section 1732 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC 20007

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-338-5141 Fax: 202-338-5139

embassy@kyrgyzstan.org

www.kyrgyzstan.org


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